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FEATURE: Famous figures unite to ‘save’ Manila Zoo elephant

AFP, MANILA

The Philippines has a dire poverty problem, with roughly one-quarter of the population of 100 million people living on US$1 dollar a day or less. The entrance fee for the zoo is set deliberately low at 40 pesos (US$0.95) for adults and 20 pesos for children to give the poorer citizens of Manila the opportunity to see wildlife and have a fun day out.

“This place is a social service, not a profit-oriented organization,” Manila City’s Parks and Recreations chief Deogracias Manimbo told reporters.

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